Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 2640   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Bottle & keg (USA); Pasteurised.
First brewed in 1971. Ingredients: Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt and Maize; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops.
Brewed at 5.5% ABV in cask and 5.9% ABV in bottle, ESB is a true liquid legend, and should be savoured as such.
ESB has a wonderful rich mahogany appearance. Taking in the nose, the beer is bursting with cherry and orange, balanced by soft malty toffee and caramel notes. The flavour delivers everything you would expect from such a full-bodied ale. The unique blend of Northdown, Target, Challenger and Goldings hops imparts grassy, peppery notes on the tongue along with intense citrus fruit characters of grapefruits, oranges and lemons. The blend of Pale Ale and Crystal malts in the brew give a biscuity, toffee element to the beer. A smooth, mellow bitterness lingers on the palate to give a superbly satisfying finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Rich amber color. Bready, toasty malt aromas with generous hop notes. Follows through with caramel malt and toffee notes that give way to rich hop flavors. Delicious and assertive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2005 Beige head. Nut-brown colour. Aroma is dominated by malt. Taste is mostly warm and pleasent malt with a bitter finish. Nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwellplum (54) - USA - JUN 28, 2003
Not the bitter bite to it that I was expecting, a very good ESB with a nice head. Very good, but I was expecting more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2003
ESB's are quickly becoming my style of choice. Typical in that taste that only Fuller's can provide. It looks classy, tastes great, a very enjoyable summertime beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2003
Bottle: Pours lovely clear amber with short beige sudsy head. Strong toffee aroma (crystal) with a hint of grassy hops and grapefruit. Silky smooth, absolutely brilliant mouthfeel. Lovely hoppy flavour, lots of IBUs, balanced well with sweet crystal malt. Very impressive ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2003
This just looks nice, Glassy smooth with swoorling foam. Aroma is nice rather sweet, very malty. Flavor just wasnt too impressive though. Not very bitter, or special, and im not sure where the extra fits in. Just most of a malt complex to this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (6661) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2003
A nice off-white head. SOme toffee and citrus in the aroma and also in the flavour. Too anonymous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
verbivore (12) - Sunset Valley, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2003
My first ESB, so take this for what it's worth. Pours a nice clear soapy-headed amber color. Sweet earthy smell. Kind of a metallic, slightly acidic taste, rather than the bitter I was expecting. The taste hangs in there - not a different aftertaste but more that it hangs with you. Well, it won't be my last ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 500ml Bottle. I have come back to this beer after a year away. Originally I didn't like the some of citrusy flavours that I could taste. However, now I can appreciate this. There is a lovely amount of hoppy bitterness, and the mouthfeel is spot on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2003
It has a great malty/chocolatey taste and also a great smell to it. Not as bitter as they'd like you to believe.

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